Hey look a new trailer to break down! It’s been awhile since something popped up that felt like it deserved one of these. Anyway, this week we got our first look at the new Tomb Raider movie starring Academy Award winner Alicia Vikander. It sure does look like a movie. Based on the video game series of the same name, Tomb Raider follows Lara Croft, an adventurer/archeologist/soldier?/model, who picks up in her late father’s footsteps after his untimely demise. Apparently Mr. Croft was all of those descriptors as well as a cryptologist, and has hidden the clues to his biggest find yet in all of the places you’d expect. You know, like a secret bunker under the family tomb.
The movie looks to take it’s inspiration from the well received 2013 video game reboot, which took a more serious and vicious tone than the prior series of games (or films for that matter). Lara, on her latest expedition, is shipwrecked on a long lost South Asian island where a group of mercenaries are trying to find some hidden treasure containing unlimited power. Your typical Saturday night. As you progress through the game you get more and more information about what is happening on this island all the while brutally murdering mercenaries before they can do the same to you. In fact, that was the one thing I kinda hated about the game. It seemed that the programmers really hated Lara. They would always kill her off in the most merciless of ways.
Obviously the movie won’t have that happening (though I bet we get at least one dream sequence where we see one of these horrific deaths) but it does seem to show us just how rough they’ll be treating Lara. I would surmise that this is all part of Lara’s character arc. She can take the beating and still end up on top. Because if she doesn’t, man, that’s going to be one hell of a bummer of a movie.
Anyway, enough of that, Let’s Talk About The First Tomb Raider Trailer: Continue reading